Issara Thai Cuisine is a Thai restaurant in Huntington Beach. The nicely kept dining room buzzes at all hours, and the scent of curries emanates from all the tables. The menu has all of Huntington’s Thai favorites—slippery pad see ew (here, charmingly spelled as “you”) and fiery papaya salad—and classed-up others: a Crying Tiger features a delightful tamarind salsa, larb gets stuffed into a wrap (can’t ever get too far away from burritos in HB), and a crispy rotisserie chicken glazed with lemongrass will make you forget about Zankou’s. Issara even throws in more obscure dishes to prove its Thai mettle: tod mun is the best fried fish patty you’ll ever eat, and the hor mok is a fish tamale accompanied by kaffir lime leaves.
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Orange County, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.
OC's largest Thai enclave is in Anaheim; the county's sole Thai American politician is La Palma City Councilman Henry Charoen. Despite these facts, I still say Huntington Beach is the Thai capital of Orange County—yes, Hunting...